Cisco is sponsoring the first autonomous car race at the Indy Motor Speedway, scheduled for October 23, 2021. The challenge requires students to develop autonomous driving software to safely compete at high speeds.
The same technologies used for improved safety and efficiencies at the Indy Autonomous Challenge connect autonomous operations across industries.
Automated storage and retrieval systems, autonomous guided vehicles, and robots improve efficiencies.
Autonomous guide vehicles, ship-to-shore transfer cranes, and rubber tire gantry cranes speed operations.
Driverless trains using communications-based train control are crucial for passenger safety and smooth traffic flow.
Tele-remote control systems and autonomous vehicles for underground mining help keep people safe.
Seamless handoffs at high speeds between towers eliminate dangerous network delays, keeping the vehicle on track.
Bandwidth-heavy applications like video and the need for real-time data require a reliable, high throughput network.
“Automation is a top priority over the coming year for our customers. Across industrial environments, like manufacturing and distribution centers, autonomous vehicles are reducing downtime, improving productivity, and ensuring operator safety. In cargo ports, operators are controlling autonomous guided vehicles, like cranes and straddle carriers, safely and efficiently from the comfort of temperature-controlled offices. The Cisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul network is often at the heart of all these solutions.”Richard Simmons, VP of Technology, IoT, Logicalis
“Prism has been working with Cisco for years, deploying ultra-reliable wireless backhaul across various industries from autonomous vehicles to rail to amusement parks rides. We know this technology works because we have implemented it in some extraordinarily challenging applications. It was a no-brainer for Prism to engage when presented with the opportunity to support the Indy Challenge to further autonomous development. Together, Prism and Cisco have the right technology and skillsets needed to deliver the connectivity required in high-speed autonomous racing.”Keith Jones, President, Prism Systems, Inc.
“We evaluated several technologies and none offered the performance we needed to make Clemson’s autonomous racecar prototype a success. We chose Cisco’s Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul for its ultra-low latency, make-before-break seamless hand off, and proven performance in high-speed moving environments. While the vehicle can drive itself, we need Cisco’s solution to ensure safety protocols are in place and that the vehicle can be stopped in an emergency.”Robert Prucka, Deep Orange 12 faculty lead and Kulwicki Endowed Professor, Motorsports Engineering at Clemson University
“The Indy Autonomous Challenge is a great example of how an ecosystem of industry leaders like Cisco and Luminar can come together to help enable autonomy in the most demanding driving environments. Enabling safe autonomy at high-speeds means each race car can see reliably at long-range and has the support of Cisco's high bandwidth, low-latency network to make the proper split-second decisions.”Aaron Jefferson, Vice President of Product, Luminar
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See universities test their software in simulated environments as they get ready for the final race on October 23.